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to show of barack obama that we don't already know? seeing is believing. the three times the debates have changed the lead in a presidential race. each time it was about the words, but also that something else, something that told voters what they didn't know and all of a sudden mattered a lot. and finally, bad numbers. barack obama's ahead in nearly every national poll and battle ground state poll. but what do we really make of the crunchers who say mitt romney has just a 1-5 chance to win this election? hi, i'm chris mathews. welcome to the show. with us today, new york magazine's john, trish and kelly and the huffington post's d howard. with just over a month to go for mitt romney, given the polls, the debates may be it. it could change the narrative that has dogged him or cemented. romney has the same urgent must-do list that he at the republican convention. only now could be his last chance. today we're going to look at romney's career, back at his career, at some missteps in past debates and also at some gems from barack obama. first up, first on romney's must-do list, get likable.
on education where today we heard from both president obama and mitt romney, a rare and fascinating opportunity to hear them both out on one issue in the same day, something they say should be a big national priority. both men crisscrossed new york today, both made news during their travels. romney in what he told us, and his visit with bill clinton and president obama who stepped before the united nations general assembly talked about the recent violence against americans and explained a few things about our country to a global audience while putting some in the audience today on notice. we begin with our chief white house correspondent chuck todd. chuck, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. president obama and mitt rom jammed as many meetings as they could today in a whirlwind trip to the big apple. while they didn't trade too many barbs, they did draw a contrast on serious issues and even less serious issues. the centerpiece of the president's visit to new york, his speech to the u.n. general assembly, focusing on the unrest in libya and the middle east. at times emotional. >> the
a different path. >>> president obama meantime tries to seize the moment as early voting begins around the country, offering a closing argument. >> when i took office, we were losing nearly 800,000 jobs a month and were mired in a rut. today i believe that as a nation we are moving forward again. >> this morning, the state of the race. a debate preview, and a look at the issues that will sway undecided voters. with us, republican governor of new jersey, the keynoter at the gop convention, chris christie. and for the obama campaign, the architect of his 2008 run, now white house senior adviser david plouffe. finally, insights and analysis from our political roundtable. joining us, conservative activist and founder of the faith and freedom coalition ralph reed. former democratic governor of pennsylvania ed rendell. anchor of bbc's "world news america" katty kay. and our chief white house correspondent and political director chuck todd. >>> good sunday morning. with both sides in full preparation mode for wednesday's first presidential debate, the struggling romney campaign is recalibrati
death in a car crash after a wild night on a party bus. >>> tough talk. president obama speaks out about the violence in the middle east. >>> and self-driving cars. they get out of the lab and on the bay area streets. the new law making robo cars street legal. >>> how soon will we see the bridges across the bay area? a hazy start. we will check in with christina loren with the forecast for today. you are watching nbc bay area. >>> good morning. thanks for joining us. i'm laura garcia-cannon. marla is off today. >> i'm jon kelley. it is a crash that changed one family's life forever and a push to change the law. >> that family is praising lawmakers and the governor for creating tougher restricts for party buses. we have christie smith who spoke with the family about the reaction to the new law. >> reporter: good morning, laura. doug and linda studebaker wrapped up the press conference. their 19-year-old son was killed after partying on a party bus. today, they are celebrating preside the fact that governor jerry brown signed the bill into law. it is called the brett studebaker law. he was
wavering for coaches, players, and fans. jay gray, nbc news. >>> president obama and republican candidate mitt romney campaign today in the important battleground state of ohio. yesterday president obama addressed the united nations general assembly where syria and iran took center stage. nbc's tracie potts joins us with those details. >> reporter: good morning. the focus ohio, as you said, a key battleground state where the president now has a big lead. >> i accept that people will call me awful things every day, and i will always defend their right to do so. >> fresh off his speech at the united nations, president obama heads to ohio today with an eight-point lead according to "the washington post." mitt romney is there today, too, talking jobs and taxes. >> is there anybody who thinks that raising taxes will help grow the economy? >> no! >> his plan is to continue what he has done before. the status quo has not worked. >> romney attacking someone on taxes? that's like me attacking someone for being fashion nat in politics. >> reporter: romney is at a two-day bus tour with his running m
presidential debate. tonight inside the obama and romney debate camps. how the candidates are preparing for the showdown. >>> making the case. the supreme court begins. >>> and carmageddo 2. what happened this weekend when one of the busiest highways in the countries was shut down. how did california cope with its freeway car free? >>> good evening from the joint command headquarters of the international security assistance force in kabul. we have been traveling through this country all week trying to take measure of this war, another insider attack has left a u.s. soldier and an american civilian dead. that brings the death toll to 2,118. so far this year, 267 have been killed. 31 of those killed at the hands of afghan police and military members. insider attacks. tonight against the backdrop of next month's presidential election, we're beginning a special look at a region at the brink and the foreign policy challenges that america is facing here in syria and afghanistan. richard engel, you have more on that attack today? >> reporter: cooperation between u.s. and afghan forces is the m
it's a sad and precautionary tale about gun safety. >>> president obama's united nations address began with a tribute to chris stevens. mr. obama called on the world leaders to join him in condemning the violence that killed stevens and three american staffers in the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. the president then explained to world leaders why the u.s. cannot ban a youtube clip blamed for much of the violence in the middle east. the clip insults t s ths the pr muhammad. >> as president of our country and commander in chief of our military, i accept that people are going to call me awful things every day, and i will always defend their right to do so. >>. [ applause ] >> president obama said there is no speech that justifies mindless violence and promised stevens' killers will be brought to justice. the president also discussed hope that concerns over iran's nuclear programs can be addressed through diplomacy. >>> from heartache to hope, it's a bittersweet day for a peninsula family whose loss of a child could help save the lives of others. doug and linda studebaker spoke a
obama will take a brief diplomatic detour from his campaign front lines to address the simmering crises in iran, syria, and the broader muslim world before the united nations general assembly. nbc's tracie potts joins us with those details. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning to you. there's a lot at stake here. the president is explaining where we stand on some of the big issues internationally, but also this is a big issue and a big speech for the president himself politically. >> first thing is first here. we do have an election ahead. i've got a lot of things i want to do in a second term. >> reporter: president obama on "the view" before speaking to the united nations general assembly today. aides say he will focus on the recent unrest in the middle east and the death of ambassador chris stevens and three other americans in libya. mitt romney is criticizing him for calling these events bumps in the road. >> these are not bumps in the road. these are human lives. these are developments we do not want to see. >> considering those events, either one of them or all of them c
. >> president obama and i both care about poor and middle class families. the difference is, my policies will make things better for them. >> reporter: romney's problem is historic, no republican has won the white house without winning ohio, romney sounded optimistic today in an interview with nbc news. >> can you win ohio? >> i'm going to win ohio, in part because i have support from people in ohio >> reporter: but the problem, obama is here, too, today, his 29th visit since taking office, and not letting anybody forget that other number, 47%. >> i don't believe we get very far with leaders who write off half the nation as victims who never take responsibility for their lives. >> reporter: the president stopped at campuses, rallying young supporters. such a crucial day, both men took the stage at almost the same time this afternoon, and almost crossed paths as president obama headed to kent state, and romney to toledo. >> if you're registered, you can start to vote in six days. and this is important because you have a big choice to make. >> reporter: romney got support from ohio native
, and very good morning to you. i'm veronica de la cruz. today we begin with debate prep. president obama and his republican rival mitt romney are both getting ready for their first face to face presidential debate in denver wednesday night. romney is holding a rally in the mile-high city today, while the president gears up in nevada. nbc's tracy potts joins us with washington from the latest. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. we get an interesting perspective on this from john mccain. he's debated both the president and mitt romney, and he says we will see two very strong well-prepared candidates and in his prediction, few surprises. the president's behind closed doors in nevada for the next two days preparing to face mitt romney in denver wednesday. >> he's a good debater. i'm just okay. but what i'm most concerned about is having a serious discussion about what we need to do to keep the country growing. >> reporter: both sides are downplaying expectations. a senior aide to the president says romney will be prepared, disciplined and aggressive. romney's debate partner calls the presi
showdown. president obama and mitt romney hunker down for their high stakes debate in denver. >>> and bumpy ride. a 10-year-old philadelphia boy is arrested after swiping and crashing a van. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with air scare. suspicion is swirling around american airlines after two flights in three days were returned to new york's jfk airport. the reason, passenger seats came loose on both planes. the first incident occurred on a flight from miami to boston. >> during climb out, passenger seats row 12d, e and f came loose out of the floor. passengers are unable to sit in that seat. >> the federal aviation administration says seating in both planes had recently undergone maintenance. the airline has grounded eight 757s for inspection. >>> republicans are hoping the first of three presidential debates tomorrow night will be a game-changer for mitt romney. right now he trails the president in every battleground state. a new quinnipi
street journal marist poll shows president obama leading mitt romney in new hampshire. the two, however, are neck in >> reporter: earlier this week we were reporting new numbers for ohio and florida where president obama had a lead. new polls tell us in some battleground states it's much closer. mitt romney's message to donors last night. romney is only two points behind president obama there, but seven points behind in new hampshire. >> now your job is in danger. >> reporter: both sides came out swinging with new campaign ads on thursday. >> if i could sit down around with you at your kitchen table, here is what i would say. >> reporter: something new called economic patriotism. >> an economic patriotism rooted in the belief that growing our economy begins with a strong and thriving middle class. >> romney saying the nation's debt is more than just paper. >> that is held by somebody. someone holds that. >> reporter: even supporters are split on how romney can win this race. >> he has to get a little more fire in the belly. >> he needs to stick be the facts. it's all about the economy.
threatened military force. tuesday president obama pushed for a peaceful negotiation. >> make no mistake, a nuclear armed iran is not a challenge that can be contained. >> reporter: both countries boycotted ahmadinejad's speech, staying away in observance of the jewish holiday yom kippur. >> we have to make a statement today. the obama administration did make a statement. we're not going to listen to him anymore. >> reporter: former u.s. ambassador nicholas burns called ahmadinejad's slurs more of the same rhetoric. he also attacked the u.s. presidential election, accusing the candidates of ignoring the 99%. >> translator: are we to believe that those who have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on election campaigns have the interests of the people of the world at their hearts? >> reporter: words that are sure to fuel tensions as talks continue inside the u.n. in washington, i'm dannielle lee, nbc news. >>> decision 2012. no republican has ever won the white house without winning ohio. today mitt romney appears to be losing ground in ohio. today's "new york times" cbs poll finds romne
on president obama, regarding the chaos in the east. >>> and fighting breast cancer, what they hope can be a new breakthrough in a new roadmap to more effective teaching. >>> and education nation summit, what is coming to just about every school in the country. question is, are teachers and students ready for what is on the way. >>> a broken heart, could it really be fatal? tonight, the doctors who say yes and warn that women have the most to worry about. >>> and the panda, why it is proving so difficult to save these animals. >>> this is nbc nightly news with brian williams. >>> good evening, if the race for president seems to have an urgency not fully supported by the calendar, then think of it this way. there are roughly a thousand hours to go before the election. every day and moment counts for the incumbent president and the man trying to unseat him. while both men have squared off in separate interviews over the last 24 hours, the first debate is still at least week away. and coming off a bad week, the romney campaign is anxious for traction. we begin tonight with chuck todd, our
policy. president obama is about to address the united nations focusing on the weigh of anti-american violence that he called a bump in the road. mitt romney argued it's no bump but a crisis that could have been managed better. nbc steve handelsman has the latest from washington. >> reporter: president obama headed to new york with critics asailing his priorities. he'll make another candidate appearance instead of meeting one on one with world leaders. no meetings scheduled with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu who angered democrats by publicly demanding a tougher obama stance on iran. on "60 minutes," the president seemed to dismiss netanyahu has noise. >> any pressure that i feel is simply to do what's right for the american people. and i am going to block out any noise that's out there. >> reporter: the white house claimed what the president meant was -- >> his objective is to take every step possible to enhance his real security. >> reporter: mr. obama had downplayed anti-american rioting. >> i was pretty certain and continue to be pretty certain that there are g
it the fail mary from local amateur referees to sports fans and even president obama. we'll have reaction to last night's controversial call by the replacement referees. >>> and peanut butter recall involving trader joes expands. other brands now involved. >>> and surprise, below the surface, the historical find here in the bay area. >>> a red hot silicon valley electric car maker is running a little low on juice tonight. shares of tesla motors falling by 10% after the bay area said it's maker fewer than they initially planned. less revenue prompting investors to sell. >>> and how about this? top executives from google are taking shots at apple. former ceo eric schmitt says apple should've kept google maps instead of replacing it with a home built version for their new phone. the switch happened on apple's latest software update and many iphone users say the new map system isn't as accurate as google maps. schmidt said apple would have to approve google maps for the updated system before the app becomes available on the iphone 5. he says that isn't expected to happen any time soon. >>> we
refs back on the field. >>> candidate clash, president obama and mitt romney nearly cross paths as they campaign in key battleground states. >>> and under the sea. google takes its virtual street view to incredible new depths. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello, and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. >>> and today we begin with game on. late last night the nfl reached a tentative deal with its referees and that ended this season's lockout. anger over the use of replacement refs spilled over after monday night's contest between the green bay packers and the seattle seahawks. the fill-in refs awarded a game-winning touchdown to seattle, though many felt the packers had made an interception. two days of marathon labor negotiations followed. the refs still have to vote on the deal, but commissioner roger goodell has lifted the lockout just in time for tonight's match-up between the cleveland browns and baltimore ravens. nbc's fred roggin will have few details coming up in just a few minutes in
be drawn right here. >> reporter: president obama told the u.n. this week he believes there is a way to avoid military action. >> america wants to resolve this issue through diplomacy, and we believe there is time and space to do so. >> the big question is, at what point can we no longer stop iran from getting the bomb? and that is why, with a red pen, he drew the line, he was showing the world the point at which we may no longer be able to stop iran from getting the weaponry. >> reporter: as netanyahu took the stage today, the president was miles away, at a campaign rally in virginia beach, the white house said too busy to meet with israel's prime minister. their relationship has been tense, even frosty, an issue that mitt romney has tried to exploit. >> they have thrown israel under the bus. >> i have executed on my foreign policy, one that people largely agree with. so if governor mitt romney is suggesting we should start another war, he should say so. >>> tonight, hillary clinton is meeting with netanyahu, representing the president. it is still unclear how much of today's talk i
immigration law. >>> now to decision 2012. this morning, debate prep for president obama and mitt romney who are getting ready for the first faceoff on wednesday. trac tracie potts has a look. >> reporter: the president is preparing to face mitt romney in denver on wednesday. >> he's a good debater. i'm just okay. but, what i'm most concerned about is having a serious discussion about what we need to do to keep the country growing. >> reporter: both sides are downplaying expectations. romney will be prepared and disciplined and aggressive. romney's debate partner calls the president a tough debater. >> president obama will be f formidable. i would not under estimate. >> reporter: john kerry playing romney in the weekend rehearsal. looking to press the president on libya and syria. romney calls the foreign policy dangerous. romney's debate plan is clearly and concisely explains how he can fix the economy. >> i expect to be able to describe that in a way people will understand and if they do, i'll get elected. >> reporter: his running mate, paul ryan is preparing for his debate a week away. >>
attack by the taliban. and president obama gets an endorsement he doesn't want. the latest news around the world tonight coming up. this is a lot of food for 4 bucks. yeah... think they made a mistake? i don't know - maybe. the fried cheese melt is back for just 4 bucks. 1 of 4 big 4-dollar meals on the 2-4-6-8 value menu. only at denny's. open all night. >>> governor brown just under the deadline when he signed a bill allowing young undocumented residents to qualify for california driver's licenses. they have to be accepted by a federal work permit program. that could impact an estimated 400,000 people under the age of 30. it will take effect january 1st. those familiar with the program don't expect a rush to the department of motor vehicles though. >> i think it's going to take a few months for individuals. once they receive their deferred action, they'll go forward to dmv offices and applying for their driver's license. >> the bill's author says the new law will make the highways safer for all of californians. >>> other states are taking notice of california's new law against so-cal
headquarters in san jose, i'm damian trujillo, nbc bay area news. >>> decision 2012. president obama is in new york tonight, and critics are blasting his priorities. the annual united nations general assembly is in new york this week, but instead of meeting with world leaders, the president made a campaign appearance on the talk show "the view." israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu had requested one-on-one time with president obama, but instead hillary clinton will handle the private meetings with foreign leaders. president obama is also taking flak for his interview which aired last night on "60 minutes" in which he was asked about the turmoil and violence in the wake of the arab spring. >> i was pretty certain and continue to be pretty certain that there are going to bumps in the road. >> these are not bumps in the road, these are human lives. these are developments we do not want to see. this is time for the president who will shape events in the middle east. >> reporter: president obama will speak at the united nations tomorrow morning, but with just six weeks until the election, ins
romney trailing president obama by 3% to 7%. another pivotal state, iowa is drawing attention today. because it is the first of the so-called battleground states to begin early voting. strategists and researchers project that more than one in three voters will cast their ballots before election day. and iowa officials say that the requests are already up 30%. over 2008. >> and it gets really interesting now. the first debate between the two is next wednesday evening. >> for some insight into the stakes, let's bring in nbc bay area political analyst. and both the candidates have been downplaying how they'll do in these debates but how much is riding on these. >> gosh, about everything. with less than six weeks to go, upwards of 60 million people will be watching. and for the 7% undecided voters and maybe 10% who would consider their minds one way or the other. the debates in all likelihood will make the difference. the debates sure matter in 2008. going in, obama and republican challenger john mccain were neck in neck. post debates gave obama victories in each case. he soared from th
to this hockey lockout. >>> it wasn't president obama and it wasn't mitt romney. but a presidential candidate did pack the house in oakland tonight. >> government's not supposed to be run like a business. >> yes, that is roseanne barr and she's laying out her platform to the people at oaksterdam. we asked her, is she serious? >>> also, cell phone video shows the midair meltdown that landed a model in jail. find out why passengers had their hands full for more than three hours. >>> these pictures are proof water once flowed on the red planet. we will tell you why. >>> we may have a little bit of water on that seven-day forecast. we'll be tracking our next chance of showers. right now it's all about the warmup inland temperatures on friday in the mid-90s, that's going to produce some poor air quality for this weekend. i'll let you know when we could hit 100 degrees coming up in a few. >>> new at 11:00 tonight from comedian to leader of the free world? a woman known for making people laugh is hoping you'll send her to the white house. roseanne barr is running for president, and pot is part of her pl
. >> reporter: while both candidates are practicing in private, president obama held a closed-door session this afternoon. and publicly their campaigns are showering the opponents with praise. a message from one expert outlines romney's skills as a prepared, aggressive, debater. the romney campaign is touting president obama's natural gifts and the extensive seasoning under the bright lights of the bright stage. today, in a mock debate, senator john kerry dismissed the idea that the republican nominee is an inexperienced debater, pointing to more than 20 debates. >> oh please, just give me 20 breaks, not just one. >> reporter: but analysts saying given the state of the race, the burden may be on the challenger. >> he has to do something to get people to take a deep breath, and say wait a minute, well, i thought i made a decision about supporting the president but maybe i better look a second time at mitt romney, that is what he needs to do. >> reporter: and one other thing on today's flight this evening, mitt romney said that people tend to during the debates, focus on the small things, li
has been running for longer than that. barack obama and mitt romney are both nearing the end of intense debate prep, and coaching sessions. and at this point, they're designed either to create or prevent that moment that we've all seen that can somehow change the race. and with millions of americans watching these debates like a kind of super bowl of american politics, the stakes are high as the two men face each other in denver, just two days from now. we begin tonight with nbc's andrea mitchell in our d.c. newsroom. andrea, good evening. >> good evening, brian. it is the political super bowl, or perhaps the world series. mitt romney, behind in all battleground polls for the last three weeks, now has the most to gain from a game-changing night. and the most to lose if he doesn't turn it around. as the candidates head to debate camp, rolling up their sleeves, getting down to work, each claims to be the underdog. >> governor romney, he's -- he's a good debater. i'm just okay. >> he plays, barack obama, he plays them well, too. i hate to tell you. >> reporter: mitt romney pract
. >>> now to decision 2012. president obama and republican presidential candidate mitt romney are taking the day off to prepare for tomorrow's big showdown. the first of three debates will take place in denver. both the president and romney are running through full rehearsals to fine tune their talking points. as of this morning, president obama has the lead in all nine of the key battle ground states. both campaigns say to him night is important to reach undecided voters. >> it will be a conversation. we will get to describe our views. >> the choice of two paths for this country. it's a choice between two fundamentally different visions for our nation. >> you can watch the debate in its entirety on nbc bay area. the topic is domestic policy. coverage starts wednesday night at 6:00. >>> in a move to save money, milpitas may put the police department on the chopping block. considering outsourcing law enforcement to the santa clara county sheriff's office. it is on the agenda at the meeting tonight which is open to the public. this is all happening at 7:00 p.m. at city hall. >>> another ba
at nbcbayarea.com. >>> president obama's up coming fund-raiser, the musicians and athletes that will take a part. >>> a lawsuit filed by women in the military just today. >>> a dangerous scene in oakland. an accident sent several people to the hospital. the connection to city workers. >> for those who were there, they couldn't believe what they were seeing. six innocent people engineered after a bizarre accident. >> an suv collided with a city publics works van sending both barrelling into two oakland businesses. this all happened after 10:00 this morning at 14th and franklin in downtown oakland. jodi hernandez has more on what happened and, more importantly, how the injured are. >> i mean, it was really boom and the bodies and the glass. >> reporter: it's a crash that rocked gallery owner to the core. as a collision outside his business sent two cars up on to the sidewalk, slamming into his building and sending two pedestrians through the glass doors of his gallery. >> they were hit. they were really -- they were hit. yeah. you could here the boom. >> reporter: police say a city public works va
. >>> president obama and mitt romney squaring off face to face, getting ready for the first debate. and a new television ad is reminding the candidates not to forget one of the year's biggest tragedies. >>> plus, a local official charging taxpayers for the appearances? why he is costing the taxpayers even more. >>> good evening. i'm jeff ranieri. record setting heat gripping a lot of the bay area and it looks like the temperatures will be 105 to 91. we'll stay hot for your tuesday. wee let you know about the next chance of showers. [ female announcer ] introducing yoplait greek 100. 100% new. ♪ 100% greek. 100% mmm... ♪ oh wow, that is mmm... ♪ in fact it's so mmm you might not believe it's a hundred calories. well ok then, new yoplait greek 100. it is so good. ♪ >>> they're prepping, coaching and studying for debate number one. president obama and mitt romney getting ready for wednesday night's face-off. it takes place in denver. both men facing challenges. neither is known for being a stellar debater. aides say the president doesn't like to talk in sound bites and can come off as pa
york times cbs poll finds romney trailing president obama by 12 points in pennsylvania, by 9 in florida, trailing by 10 in ohio. fighting the perception by some voters he's out of touch. >> i've been across this country, my heartaches for the people i've seen. >> in his new ad romney looks at voters. >> president obama and i both care about poor and middle class families. my policies will make things better for them. >> barack obama was in ohio, too, talking less about his record and more about romney. >> i don't believe we can get very far with leaders who write off half the nation as a bunch of victims. >> the auto bailout helps the president here. ohio unemployment is 7.2%, better than most states. >> i need to you register to vote. i need you to start voting. six days from now on october 2nd. >> early voting, they started last friday in south dakota. i'm steve handelsman, nbc news, washington. >> still ahead at 6:00, a guy couple is filing a lawsuit over their engagement photo. we'll tell you why. >> i'm jeff ranieri in the weather center with hazy outside but you know, not too hot.
on the line, president obama took on the world stage today, stepping before the united nations general assembly. in the wake of the anti-american protests in the middle east, the president encouraged the assembly to stand fast against violence and extremism. he argued protecting religious rights and free speech must be a universal responsibility. not just an american obligation. >> the attacks on the civilians in benghazi were attacks on america. there should be no doubt that we will be relentless on tracking down the killers and bringing them to justice. >> there is no speech that justifies mindless violence. >> mitt romney has tried to cast president obama as a weak leader in terms of the global situation. too quick to apologize for american values. >>> what crews uncovered under san francisco's city hall after the '06 earthquake. and what they'll do next. >>> a bay area doctor is sounding the alarm on what she calls a concussion crisis for young athletes. >>> cars without drivers? a google idea gets the green light on california highways. >>> plus, the added features some are specul
the country. >> even president obama is voicing his opinion on the call that decided monday's game saying it was "terrible." what will it take to get the real referees back on the field? one of the issues that led to the lockout in the first place and who will blink first. we're going to talk about this in just a couple of minutes with this guy sitting right here, bob castas of nbc sports. >> people are now making videos to express their frustration. ♪ i just met you it was crazy what's his number i'll call it maybe it's hard to call right never replay what's his number i'll call it maybe ♪ >> okay on the plus side it's spawning some creativity. all right. we'll have a little bit more on that part of the story too. >> it just points out the fact they have to do something quickly. >>> a woman who makes it halloween every single day. she wears a different costume at work each day, and she's done it for three years and counting. this morning, well, she's known as dressy jesse. she's gotten dolled up for us in an nbc page's uniform, much to the chagrin of our real nbc page. more on that c
romney is hammering the president on foreign policy. >> when president obama was asked about the recent disruption and chaos and violence in the middle east, he said that these were merely bumps in the road. >> thanks. >> bumps in the road also describes what the romney campaign has been unable to avoid in recent weeks. costly distractions, and discouraging poll numbers are upstaging the republican message. >> look at what president obama did on the budget. nothing except borrow and spend. >> when they talk about the culture dependency, about american decline, i can honestly say to you, i don't recognize the country they're talking about. >> reporter: when vice president biden was fighting for votes in florida the president was calling on congress to help homeowners. even as he defended his campaign's weak spot. >> so we're moving in the right direction but we're not there yet. >> reporter: a point up for debate as the presidential candidates get ready for their first showdown on wednesday. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> the first day of the trial of pope benedict's former butle
obama was asked about the recent disruption and the chaos and violence in the middle east, he said that these were merely bumps in the road. >> how are you doing? >> god bless you, sir. >> thanks. >> reporter: bumps in the road also describe what's the romney campaign has been unable to avoid if recent weeks, costly distractions and discouraging poll numbers are upstaging the  message. >> look at what president obama did on the budget -- nothing! except borrow and spend. >> when they talk about the culture of dependency, about american decline, i can honestly say to you i don't recognize the country they're talking about. >> reporter: while vice president biden was fighting for votes in florida, the president was calling on congress to help homeowners, even as he defended his campaign's weak spot. >> so we're moving in the right direction, but we're not there. >> reporter: a point up for debate as the presidential candidates get ready for their first showdown on wednesday. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> and coming up next at 11:00, friends and family continue to speak out
president obama and governor romney stayed out of the spotlight. instead, preparing for their debate. but their running mates hit the trail in swing states. vice president biden said team romney would hike middle class taxes, while congressman ryan swung back. >> how they can justify raising taxes on the middle class has been buried the last four years. >> the obama economic agenda failed not because it was stopped. it failed because it was passed. >> the university of denver will host the debate tomorrow. you can watch it here live on nbc bay area. the topic for this first debate is domestic policy around the moderator is jim lehr. >>> a massive recall for a list of popular peanut butter brands is expanding tonight. new mexico-based sunland is now adding more store brand names to its recall list. the company provides peanut butter and other nut products to major chains. some of the brand names include target's archer farms, safe waive open nature and fresh and easy. also on the list are nature valley, earthbalance and serious food. the recall first began after some people started ge
more? >>> one-on-one -- president obama on the battle over how to fix our nation's public schools. >> can you really say that teachers' unions aren't slowing the pace of reform? >> this morning the president's revealing answer. >>> and say it ain't so. what could be devastating news for a lot of people who love bacon. according to industry experts, a world shortage is unavoidable today, tuesday, september 25th, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning, welcome to "today," it's 7:00 a.m. on the west coast on a tuesday morning, i'm savannah guthrie. >> and i'm matt lauer, first we had replacement referees in the nfl and now you're telling me a shortage of bacon on the horizon? >> i can't go on. >> i'm only one man here, i can only take so much. i will arm wrestle you for this later. the drought impacted the soy and, the soybean and corn crops, that's what pigs eat, that's why there's a problem in the next year. it's a dire situation for bacon-lovers. >> and in other pigskin news, i'm repeating the same lame joke from the east coast, big story in footb
." david, in 2008 candidate obama talked about this war as the war we must win. this time around he notedly talks about winding down the war. mitt romney didn't even mention it in his convention speech. why does this not seem to be a major interest in a campaign? >> the stakes are so high, lester, as you know being on the ground there. i think there's a couple of reasons. from the republican point of view, they want distance from the bush presidency, particularly the bush foreign policy of engagement in war in afghanistan and iraq. from the president's point of view, he wanted to narrow the focus, talk about al qaeda, defeat al qaeda. the crowning achievement killing osama bin laden. the nation building work in afghanistan is frankly something that became too difficult, too entrenched for the american people to keep up with. we are there longer than the soviets were there. i think there's a recognition that job was simply too difficult, the notion that we were going to turn around the government, really be able to rebuild the country. there is a phrase that general petraeus used, was iraq g
a lot of politics to talk about. we're on the eve of the first presidential debate. both president obama and governor romney will spend the day preparing. what message do they need to send to undecided voters tuning in tomorrow night. bill o'reilly is here to talk about his new bookoming up. >> we'll look forward to that a. question, what caused this nasty gash on a killer whale in san diego. was it an accident or was it an attack by other whales? a live report on that. >> and post seth mcfarland? his friends and al roker praise the pick. some wonder why they selected the guy from family guy. we'll talk about it with today's professionals. >> do we sense what you feel? >> i'm still absorbing it. i'll let you know. >> not prepared to talk about it. before we get to that we want to check with the top stories from natalie morales. good morning. >> good morning everyone. we begin with that story about trouble in the skies for american airlines. as at least two separate 757 jets had to be diverted after several rows of seats came loose mid flight and six more planes are being inspected for th
their current pension plan. >>> recent polls show that gop candidate mitt romney is trailing president obama by 3% to 7%. another pivotal state, iowa drawing attention today. because it's the first of a so-called battleground states to begin early voting. strategies and researchers project that more than one in three voters will cast their ballots before election day. election officials confirmed the request for absentee ballots in some areas are already up 30% over 2008. >>> he illustrated cartoon bombs, a bright red line and a warning to the world. a warning about iran. today israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu described his fears about iran producing a nuclear bomb. now, the international community is reacting. danielle lee has our story. >>> from a fight over the west bank to fears about a nuclear program. benjamin netanyahu spoke at the united nations. >> a great battle is being raged. >> reporter: just one day after mahmoud ahmadinejad accused the u.s. and the west of intimidation. >> a red line should be drawn right here before iran completes a second stage of nuclear enrichment
politics. president obama and mitt romney will be campaigning in virginia today as romney looks to repair the damage from that 47% comment that was recorded at a fundraiser. peter alexander is with the romney camp in springfield this morning. peter, good morning to you. >> reporter: savannah, good morning to you. when it comes to the battlegrounds, there are three, florida, ohio, and virginia, both mitt romney and the president held dueling events in ohio on wednesday. today, they are both here in virginia. another state where romney is trailing in the polls. >> reporter: campaigning in ohio wednesday, both president obama and mitt romney were keenly aware of the buckeye state's place in history. no republican has won the white house without it. romney went out of his way to show his compassionate side greeting world war ii veterans and courting working class families. >> these are tough times even for families with jobs. i know what it takes to get this economy going again. i care about the people of america. >> reporter: it's a delivered effort, analysts say, with a tv ad designed to sh
of months. secretary of state hillary clinton met with benjamin netanyahu. president obama was campaigning in virginia thursday. the white house said too busy to meet with the prime minister. earlier, he laid down his red line for stopping iran's nuclear program. >> this is a bomb. this is a fuse. >> netanyahu spoke a day after ahmadinejad called israel uncivilized. netanyahu said they were 70% to getting enough nuclear fuel for a bomb, has to be stopped within months. >> if these are the facts, and they are, where should a red line be drawn? a red line should be drawn right here. >> president obama told the u.n. this week there is more time before iran reaches the point of no return. >> america wants to resolve this issue through diplomacy, and we believe there's still time and space to do so. >> american intelligence does not yet believe iran has made the political decision to actually build a weapon. >> whether or not iran made the decision will become irrelevant once we can no longer stop it. >> president obama's relationship with netanyahu has been difficult, at times frosty. an issue
we've been. i represent a different path. >>> president obama meantime tries to seize the moment as early voting begins around the country, offering a closing argument. >> when i took office, we were losing nearly 800,000 jobs a month and were mired in a rut. today i believe that as a nation we are moving forward again. >> this morning, the state of the race. a debate preview, and a look at the issues that will sway undecided voters. with us, republican governor of new jersey, the keynoter at the gop convention, chris christie. and for the obama campaign, the architect of his 2008 run, now white house senior adviser david plouffe. finally, insights and analysis from our political roundtable. joining us, conservative activist and founder of the faith and freedom coalition ralph reed. former democratic governor of pennsylvania ed rendell. anchor of bbc's "world news america" katty kay. and our chief white house correspondent and political director chuck todd. >>> good sunday morning. with both sides in full preparation mode for wednesday's first presidential debate, the struggling
of this year. and the entire nation by the end of 2014. >>> president obama will address the u.n. tomorrow. he's expected to talk to the giants about the recent attacks that took the life of u.s. ambassador christopher stevens. the president expected to deliver a new warning to iran to suspend its suspected nuclear program. >>> a breast cancer breakthrough. see what researchers discover that could lead to a revolutionary treatment. >>> dozens of cadets join san jose police. but the department says it's not nearly enough. find out how many officers it needs. >>> and colin powell honors a san francisco boy. we'll tell you about the long fight this boy has endured in his short life. >>> good evening. i'm jeff raineri. a lot of sunshine on this monday. 80s in the east bay. tonight, temperatures dropping quickly. we'll let you know when 90s make a comeback. >>> three hayward police officers on administrative leave after they shot and killed a man this morning. it happened around 1:00 this morning. they caught up with a suspect about two blocks away and pulled him over. when the officers tried to ta
the players and fans, and president obama. it's likely the real refs will get a standing ovation when they return to the field tomorrow night. >> good evening, raj. the nfl referees, as you mentioned, the lockout is officially over, the league and nfl referee's association reached an agreement late tonight and the officials are prepared to return to work immediately. both sides met today and yesterday to negotiate a new contract. those meetings were spurred by a blown call that cost the green bay packers a victory against the seahawks on monday night football. a lockout lasted for nearly four months. san jose mercury news mark birdie has more. >> i would bet there was pressure from nfl sponsors, the people who sponsor those telecasts. that's where they make their money. those sponsors don't like to sponsor a product that people are feeling is not correct. and not right, and is annoying them, frankly. >> hopefully football is back to normal. by the way, coming up in 15 minutes. indepth highlights. plus melky cabrera. back to you. >> it should be noted the nfl office in new york, r
comes the music. president obama is returning to the bay area, this time it won't be your typical fund-raiser, it's a concert with the 49ers twist. performing for the president and his supporters will be musician john legend and michael franti. among the speakers will be 49ers quarterback alex smith. the fund-raiser is october 8th at bill graham civic auditorium. tickets range from $100 to $20,000 per person. >>> coming up, hackers demanding rans ransom. >> a screen flashed up with a warning that says you have no access to your server. >> the investigative unit exposes a fast spreading crime and what you should be looking out for. >>> a big victory for gay rights activists. how a change in policy is changing immigration. >>> get ready. a little bit warmer as we heads throughout saturday, with low to mid # 0s inland. then through surprised and monday, extensive heat watch in place. we're going to detail all of these temperatures in the seven-day forecast coming up. >>> a mea culpa from apple. many people say apple's new map technology is lost. tim cook says the company is extremely sorr
, president obama and republican candidate mitt romney meet in the first presidential debate. this one focusing on domestic policy. on thursday,ing the minutes of the last meeting of this federal reserve open-market committee. this is the meeting when the fed governors approve another round of quantitative easing. and on friday the monthly jobs report will be released. we will find out if there is any change to the 8.1% unemployment rate for america. >>> finally, ready to hand over the wheel? at google headquarters this week, jerry brown signed a law legalizing driverless cars. the search giant has been developing self driving cars for years and they use camera a's and radar to detect other vehicles and have reportedly logged 300,000 road miles without an accident. implementing this idea is right on schedule. it was just at the 1939 world's fair when general motors predicted a highway system full of electric cars controlled by remote radio as part of the company's future exhibit. that u thank you for joining me. join me for a special interview oracle cofounder and ceo and the third ric
, channelling mitt romney. in an iowa poll out today, president obama got another boost, leaving governor romney by four points, 49 to 45%. the president at ease, even making fun of his own gaffe. >> i want to see us export more jobs. export more products. excuse me. excuse me -- i was channelling my opponent there for a second. >> reporter: last week romney hinting at his debate approach. >> he's trying to fool people in to thinking thing that's don't and that ends during the debate. >> reporter: for days both sides have been tamping down expectations. today on the sunday talk shows. >> he's prepared more than any other candidate in i think history, certainly recent history. >> sometimes we expect a major breakthrough, the comment. that doesn't happen often. >> reporter: on "meet the press," new jersey republican governor chris christie had another take. >> thursday morning the entire narrative of the race will change. >> in an interview, anne romney reveals the greatest concern if her husband becomes president. >> my biggest concern would be for the, his mental well being. i have all the confi
. president obama spoke, paul ryan spoke. in between those two -- >> there was a hoda sandwich. with a little emerald lagasse. he was great. anyway, there's emerald. we did a little conversation with him. i got to tell you, jane pauley was there. these aarp people know how to party. there was a concert with stevie nicks, gladys knight, and melissa etheridge. i had my iphone, i took a video, you can't hear or see, but i did it. i did it. >> who's that singing? >> guess. ♪ ♪ i'm coming home ♪ come to my window >> anyway, by the way, when i was flying back, i want to point out, when i was flying back from new orleans, i was sitting on the plane and there was a girl sitting next to me with her ipad watching a movie without headphones. just enjoying the movie without hearing it? >> everyone could hear it. >> i gave her the eye. people have no excuse for that, you can get little headphones on the plane. >> she was unaware, clearly, she did her own thing. i glared at her and she ultimately turned it off. >> you're using your bully pulpit here to shame people into doing the right thing. good fo
is obama going to create jobs or is romney going to create jobs because we don't know that. they did say, bears are concerned that the outsourcing payroll market is saturated and that's why you are focused on the ancillary businesses that you are hiring for. >> we just don't see it that way. even with low in business starts, there are 750,000 new businesses started every year. when you see that, half of our sales come from new businesses. once you get into the ecosystem, get on payroll, we can sell you all of the other products. we feel good about paychex. >> i have a couple businesses that i'm involved in where i use paychex. it's amazing, all of the other small business people that i talk to say, look, i don't want to hire anybody right now. i'm talking about somebody who's got some means, who wants to hire two or three people. i'm just stopping that. is that part of the problem? people who have got some means, who would normally doll something and they are the ones holding back or is someone actually needing a loan that is not getting it that is holding back? >> well, i think, first o
. there was no youtube. president obama was a state legislator in illinois. and a lot of the troops on the battlefield, they were in middle school. so we decided to come back, see where things stand. how solid is the u.s. exit strategy? we started by going to the heart of the taliban, the place where 9/11 was inspired. southern afghanistan, famous for its poppies, the taliban, and some of this war's toughest battles. lieutenant general james terry is the operational commander of the war. he agreed to take us into the notorious horn of pangway to see where we stand 11 years into this war. where we are right now, essentially this is the taliban homeland. >> we're headed right into it. >> we head over rich farm lands in kandahar province, making our way atop a strategically important hill top. >> this is looking back down over the district. >> it's a place where taliban fighters largely controlled until the u.s. troop surge of 2010. >> actually got in here and got into a pretty significant fight, a couple thousand taliban. the task force orion along task force 31. >> coalition officials say it is no long
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